Friday, March 06, 2015

Worm Moon.

It's been a bit of a weird week.  A coworker attributed the weirdness to the full moon on Monday night - except that it was not a full moon that night.  Or even on Tuesday night.  No, the full moon was last night.   I know this because, being me, I checked.  And I did that by going to the Farmers' Almanac websiteAnd I am happy to report that there were no weird goings-on last night in Vinoland.
Farmers' Almanac have the entire full moon schedule for the year, and the names of the full moons.  Last night's full moon, the full moon of March, is known as the Worm Moon because, due to the proximity to the vernal equinox, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear.  Cool.
When I was little I always liked to look at Old Moore's Almanack in the local WH Smith (a book/newspaper shop).  Whilst La Serenissima shopped for the New Musical Express, and Thud opted for Military Modelling magazine, I just got to look at Old Moore's because I never had the money to buy it, or a use for it.  But still, I always wanted a copy - typeset in tiny print, packed with tables of interesting stuff (which included bunches of asterisks, a sure sign of importance), Old Moore's always looked clever, and useful, so it appealed to the geeky mini-Vinogirl.
Nowadays, the online version of Farmers' Almanac is a good substitute for Old Moore's.  One of my favourite features is the 'Best Days' calendar.  Apparently, today, the 6th of March, is a good day to mow to retard growth.  In what hemisphere?  Now, I admit that all of my neighbours who have lawns have been mowing for several weeks, but this is California.  I'd bet that no one in New York state can even get to their lawn mower (due to drifting snow), never mind use it.  New York's worms are safe, for the time being, from being decapitated from lawn mower blades.  Ignore the eastern moon, keep your heads down little earthworms.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Lovely vignette, VG! Reminds a bit of C.S. Lewis!

Thomas said...

The deer are mowing my tree trunks. They ravaged the fig tree bark.

That moon lit up so strongly on a clear night here, I awakened at 3 in the morning, looked at the bright light int he window and thought I had left the kitchen lights on downstairs.

Thud said...

Much to my surprise and horror I mowed today.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Thanks. I wish...have been a huge fan of The Chronicles of Narnia since La Serenissima bought the entire set for me when I was 7 years old.

Tomasso: I agree, it seemed brighter than usual.

Thud: OK. Let me know if you have retarded, personally :)